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FDHs, overstayers arrested in anti-illegal work raids

21 May 2024


Some suspected illegal workers being led to an immigration van in an earlier operation (File)

The Immigration Department arrested seven suspected illegal workers – three of them foreign domestic helpers and three overstayers - in an anti-illegal work raid conducted yesterday, May 20.

In addition, three people suspected to have employed them were arrested.

During the operation, Immigration agents raided more than 10 target locations, including restaurants, a retail store, grocery shops and industrial buildings.


The suspected illegal workers comprised one man and six women, aged 24 to 49. Apart from the three FDHs and three overstayers, one other person arrested held a recognisance form, which prohibits him from taking up employment.

Three men, aged 37 to 58, were also arrested on suspicion of employing the said illegal workers.

According to Immigration, the suspected illegal workers were hired to do odd jobs, including dishwashing work, food processing and delivery.

"A helper should only perform domestic duties for the employer specified in the contract. The helper should not take up any other employment, including part-time domestic duties, with any other person,” said Immigration.

“The employer should not require or allow the helper to carry out any work for any other person.”

Immigration warned that anyone who violates the condition of their stay commits an offence, and could be jailed for up to two years and face a maximum fine of $50,000.

An overstayer or someone who faces a removal or deportation order (like those on recognizance) faces a more severe penalty of three years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of $50,000.

Employers of illegal workers could be jailed for up to 10 years and ordered to pay a maximum fine of $500,000. In addition, they face an immediate custodial sentence according to sentencing guidelines laid down by the High Court.

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